Three weeks about I felt a stabbing pain in my right buttock/hip after about half a ride. Waited a week and then went to the doctor. He ordered an MRI and I got the results a few days later.
L5-S1 has a 5mm extruded herniation, which isn't currently bothering me but has in the past.
L5-L4 has a 3mm herniation with a 1mm tear and is degenerating
L4-L3 has a 6mm extruded herniation with an additional 6mm sequestered fragment, a proken off piece of disc material, pressing on the nerve ganglion, basically giving me pain and weakness in my right leg.
My doctor told me to give it four weeks and continue on anit-inflammatories. It's been three weeks and it's feeling over all a bit better, but the stabbing buttock and leg pain is still persistent. My concern is that I'm wasting time, and that this fragment isn't going anywhere and if the swelling gets down to a point where it isn't bothering the nerve, it will once again as soon as I get back in the saddle. I'm also assuming that if surgery is the only option to get that fragment out, the surgeon is probably going to want to go ahead and clean up L3-L4 and L5-S1.
I'm three weeks into really working on core strength in anticipation that surgery will be needed and that it will help me with recovery.
I have appointments with two different extremely reputable Neurosurgeons to gain separate opinions and I'm fortunate enough to have great health insurance so I'm not too concerned about the actual surgery, if it's recommended, but I'm concerned about the recovery and my ability to get back to riding again. Has anyone gone through a microdisectomy? On multiple discs? What was the recovery like? Any advice?
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